• ATO myGov terms and conditions and privacy notices

    These terms describe your rights and responsibilities when using your myGov account to access online services for individuals.

    Terms and conditions

    1. Acknowledgement

    I acknowledge that the nomination of the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia to receive and disclose my information for the purposes of managing my myGov account, does not limit the Commonwealth from performing duties or exercising powers under law.

    1. Nomination for the purposes of managing my myGov account

    The nomination of the Department of Human Services will allow myGov to disclose your name, date of birth and your contact information to other federal government agencies that you have already linked to, or decide to link to. The disclosure of details will allow myGov to confirm your identity between these agencies and provide those agencies with notifications of changes of your details.

    1. myGov Inbox

    You have designated your myGov account and Inbox as your address for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to send you correspondence. You will receive a welcome message from the ATO in your myGov Inbox to confirm the service is enabled.

    Privacy notices

    1. Collecting your tax file number

    The ATO is authorised by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to request your tax file number (TFN). We will use your TFN to identify you when linking your myGov account to the ATO. It is not an offence not to provide your TFN. However, if you do not provide your TFN, you will not be able to link your myGov account to the ATO and access ATO online services.

    1. Privacy

    The ATO is authorised by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to request personal information from you. We will use this information to confirm your identity when you link the ATO to your myGov account and use ATO online services. If we do not collect this information, you will not be able to link the ATO to your myGov account and access ATO online services. Where authorised by law to do so, we will give this information to the Department of Human Services for the purposes of administering myGov. The ATO also provides taxpayer information to treaty partners overseas under international tax agreements with many other countries. More information about these treaties is on the ATO website (www.ato.gov.au).

    1. Information about your computer

    Your browser and information you provide will be recorded for authentication purposes as part of the myGov linking process such as:

    • your internet protocol address (IP address)
    • the date and time of the use of the authentication service
    • the authentication information you provided
    • successful and unsuccessful attempts at authenticating.
    1. Use of information

    The ATO may use this information to:

    • confirm your identity
    • compile statistics and reports to enhance ATO systems and services
    • identify and respond to issues that may indicate authentication integrity is at risk
    • detect, investigate and prosecute criminal offences.
    1. The ATO’s privacy policy

    Our privacy policy is available on our website. The policy contains important information about your privacy, including information about how you can access and seek correction of information we hold about you, how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how the ATO deals with privacy complaints.

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      Last modified: 28 Mar 2015QC 40003